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Police detain suspect in death of young fan

A suspect in the death of a young fan killed by a fireworks rocket during an Emelec-Barcelona match last week was finally arrested.

Darwin Rodriguez Mocha, member of the Barcelona fan group Sur Oscura, was arrested on testimony from two witnesses: fellow group members, said Interior Minister Gustavo Larrea.

Carlos Cedeno, 11, was in a suite in Guayaquil's Monumental Stadium on Sunday when the stray rocket entered his upper chest.

Forensic doctor Juan Montenegro said that the explosive broke three of the boy's ribs, tore through his trachea and his lungs collapsed.

The Barcelona club offered a US$10,000 (7,085 EUR) to identify the person responsible for launching the explosive, but did not immediately respond to the arrest.

Fans at the match said that there had been an exchange of fireworks from opposing fans.

There is a bitter rivalry between Barcelona and Emelec, and security is often increased to prevent violence when the teams play.

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